English Learners (EL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Last Updated on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

English Learners (ELs) are those students in Kentucky schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Kentucky schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency.

Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is part of legislation enacted to ensure that English Learners , including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. The information contained on this website is based on the federal and state regulations and
Office of Civil Rights program requirements for the education of English Learners and immigrant children and youth. The Kentucky Title III Program provides support to districts as they work with their English Learners and Immigrant students to:
  • Choose an educational approach
  • Identify and assess the students
  • Provide a research-based program of services
  • Provide staffing and resources
  • Implement state criteria for transitioning students from services
  • Maintain accurate data and reporting in order to:
    • Monitor transitioned students
    • Periodically evaluate and revise their program
    • Receive funding allocations
For additional information, contact Shelda Hale or Jayne Kraemer at 502-564-4970.
ACCESS Testing Window opens
Deadline to order extra materials
Declaration of Participation for Federal Programs (Title III) is mailed to Superintendents
Deadline for districts/consortia in Year 2 Improvement Status to revise, re-post and notify KDE of revisions to the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) and communicate changes to the local board of education, district and school leadership, and all school councils
ACCESS Testing Window closes
Districts pack completed materials
Districts ship completed materials to MeriTech
Deadline for schools in districts/consortia that did not meet AMAO for two or more consecutive years to modify their Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) to reflect CDIP revisions
ACCESS Reports shipped to districts
Correction Window for ACCESS opens
KDE will pull EL and Immigrant data from the Infinite Campus state database on April 16 for Title III funding
Correction Window for EL and Immigrant data in Infinite Campus opens
Correction window for ACCESS closes
Final ACCESS data due to KDE
Annual Performance Report (APR) Due to KDE by May 15
Division of Budgets calculates tentative Title III Funding based on Infinite Campus data
US Department of Education notification of Title III grant award to KDE
Districts participating in Title III Funding will be mailed a sub grant packet with their tentative allocation
Administer W-APT screener to students identified by Home Language Survey within 30 days of start of school year
Develop Program Services plans for ELs
Final calculations for Title III funding are prepared and notification of final allocation is sent to superintendent and finance officer
Administer W-APT screener to students identified by Home Language Survey within 30 days of start of school year
Develop Program Services Plans (PSP)for ELs
AMAO Reports Released; Districts/consortia in Title III Improvement Status (Year 1 to Year 4) must notify parents of ELs within 30 days of notification of failure to meet
Within two weeks of receiving notification of Title III allocation, districts must complete the Title III Application and Budget and return it to KDE
Deadline for parent notification of failure to meet AMAO
Order Pre-ID Labels
Order ACCESS Test materials
Annual Title III/EL District Coordinators Meeting
Kentucky Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (KYTESOL) Conference
ACCESS Test Administration Training & Certification
ACCESS Test Administration Training & Certification
ACCESS Test materials shipped to Districts
Districts receive ACCESS test materials

EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language
Many questions have been asked concerning the ways English Learners (ELs) may demonstrate competency in a foreign language. In order to meet the pre-college curriculum requirement students need to demonstrate a “basic-user” competency in a foreign language, that is, any language other than their native language, including English. There is no ... More

English Language Proficiency Standards
The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners in Kindergarten through 12th Grade serve as Kentucky’s NCLB required English language proficiency standards. These standards will act as a companion document to The Program of Studies for Kentucky Schools Primary – 12 (2006) in guiding ... More

English Learners (ELs) Course Codes and Descriptions
These proposed course descriptions are offered as examples of courses appropriate for serving the needs of English Learners (ELs). KDE and the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board are working to standardize course codes by using an alternate number field provided through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which would not ... More

English Learners (ELs) Data Standards in Infinite Campus
Specific data elements for English Learners (ELs) must be collected to ensure that accurate information will be used in federal reporting for No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Infinite Campus (IC) allows schools to maintain student and staff data for state reporting requirements for English Learners (ELs). LEP Data Standards ... More

English Learners Websites
Links to websites of interest to ELs.

Home Language Survey
All local school districts are required to administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as a first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. (703 KAR 5:070). A local school district shall administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as the ... More

Immigrant English Language Learners
An Immigrant student is an individual who:(A) is aged 3 through 21;(B) was not born in any State (of the United States of America); and(C) has not been attending one or more schools in any one or more States for more than 3 full academic years.He or she may or may not be a ... More

Migrant English Learners
Migrant English Learners (ELs) are K-12th grade students who in addition to being identified as limited English proficient (LEP) are part of a federal entitlement program designed to provide supplementary education and human resources services to highly mobile children who are aged three (3) through twenty one (21).

Monitoring Former English Learners (ELs)
Designated instructional staff, such as English Learners (ELs) staff or a guidance counselor, must formally monitor the RFEP student’s academic performance regularly. The information must be documented in the student’s records. If monitoring shows that the student is struggling in academic performance and/or English language skills, appropriate assistance and language instruction ... More

Preschool and Kindergarten ELs
Information and guidance for serving English Learners in pre-school and kindergarten settings.

WIDA - World Class Instructional Design and Assessment
To meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. In order to comply with the NCLB requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Kentucky joined ... More
For more information contact:

Shelda Hale
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-2106 x4103
A volunteer helps a student in an English as a  Second Language program
A volunteer helps a student in an English as a Second Language program

**Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students- Public Law 107-110**

**Preschool and Kindergarten ELs**

Information and guidance for serving English Learners in pre-school and kindergarten settings.
**Quick Reference Guide: Implementing District Limited English Proficient (LEP) Programs**

A toolkit containing informational flowcharts to support narratives about English Learner programs in Kentucky. The following topics/flowcharts are covered in this document.
  • Developing EL Programs - Overview Steps
  • Identification and Placement Process - Title III English Learners
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment guidelines for ACCESS for ELLs® and W-APT
  • District EL Program Review/Evaluation Process
  • Funding Allocation Timeline for Title III - EL & Immigrant